I’m starting the new year beautifully with a phenomenal natural place – Lake Seebensee – must see in Tirol and the most amazing treck we did with Michael from @snapshotsbymb during our last visit to Austria. We’ve been looking for the best spots for short trips Europe for weekend and this was our favorite.
Trek to the Lake Seebensee is perfect in every way – not too long, with breathtaking views and and an award waiting at the end. The lake itself is located between the Vorderer Tajakopf mountain in the east, the Vorderer Drachenkopf in the south and the Ehrwalder Sonnenspitze in the west. Thanks to the clear turquoise water and fantastic access, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful lakes in Tyrol and I totally agree with that. In the summer you can also swim in it, which is an additional attraction. I highly recommend you this place!
How to get to Seebensee i Drachensee from Munich
1. By train
Step 1 When looking for a train schedule, your final station will be Ehrwahld Zugspitzebahn. The day will be long, so start your trip early in the morning. I recommend you to use regional trains and one-day ticket option: Bayern Ticket, which allows you to travel around the region. More information about these tickets you can find here: Bayern-Ticket. The ride from Munich to Ehrwahld Zugspitzebahn takes 1 hour 45 minutes.
Step 2 From Ehrwahld Zugspitzebahn to Ehrwalder Almbahn Talstation From the Ehrwahld Zugspitzebahn train station to the cable car are 3.6 km. It’s around 45 minutes walk. You can also take a bus (remember that you have to pay for the bus ticket separately)
2. By car
This is the option I chose when I was in Tirol, because it gives the most freedom and mobility. I recommend you to rent a car via the Rental Cars, which is a search engine for various companies and gives you the opportunity to compare prices. I booked my car two weeks in advance and picked it up at Munich airport after landing. When it comes to parking close to the trail, there is a large, free car parking at the Ehrwalder Almbahn cable car station, so you won’t have a problem leaving your car there for a few hours.
Where to start the trek?
There are two options to start this trail. The first one is going up by Ehrwalder Almbahn cable car to the Ehrwalder Alm shelter, which will significantly shorten the road. A one-way ticket costs 12 €, and a return ticket 17 €. It is important to note that the last cable car goes down at 4:30 pm. So if you want to watch the sunset over the lake, then you will have to come back all the way down on foot. The part from the cable car station takes about 1 hour 30 minutes. From the station you go along a flat path in the valley. Later it goes to the opposite slope and climbs towards the Seebenwald forest (this is a short walk – follow signs for “Seebenalm”). The trail then continues along the broad trail through the Seebenwald forest and past ‘Ganghofers Rast’ or, for even more spectacular views, walk along the narrow trail towards Lake Seebensee. You will return the same way.
What if you want to keep going?
From Lake Seebensee, you can continue to the Coburger Hütte shack, which takes about 40 minutes. From this place there is a view of another beautiful mountain lake – Drachensee. You will return the same way.
The tips for the photographers, but not only!
The photos you can see in this post were taken at dusk and it’s the best time for photography in this place (at sunrise you would have to take pictures against the sun). So if you want to shoot and get such an effect, I recommend you to do this trek in the afternoon. The advantage is that you will be going against the crowd, because most of the people will come back by this time. After reaching the lake you will probably have it only for yourself. It is worth looking for a good place on the lakeshore in front of the mountain and just wait.
The way the landscape and the light change within 1.5 hours – from the so-called “golden” to “blue” hour is an incredible spectacle. The mountain seems to be burning with the light falling on it, and then slowly fading into the darkness. And each time it looks different. If the weather allows, you can see the perfect reflection on the lake’s surface. If so, it’s hard to tell what is the reality and what is just a reflection. What a blast.
If you stay until dusk, you’ll come back in the dark. We did it. This is not dangerous, because it is not a difficult trail and for the most part it leads along a wide forest road, but take the headlamp with you – it would be hard without. By the way – the night sky in such a place at zero light is just insanity. The night walk was the icing on the cake of this trek.
The photos you can see in this post are the effect of my collaboration with Michael. We believe in the synergy effect, which is why we have decided to work together during this trip. We hope that it will be an inspiration for your European trips.